Published: Feb 23, 2023

By Tampa General Hospital

In October 2022, FOI opened its first Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) dedicated to hip and knee joint replacement. This state-of-the-art facility features three operating rooms and two procedure rooms. The ASC is specifically for patients identified as candidates who may successfully undergo outpatient joint replacement surgery and return home the same day.

With the capability of providing a 23-hour postoperative experience, the ASC offers the same level of care for this select population as any alternative hospital setting. Experienced anesthesiologists and certified nurse anesthetists work collaboratively with the orthopedic surgeons to design the best experience possible.

“Patients receive the same level of care as they would in the hospital,” says orthopedic surgeon, Michael Miranda, DO. “We know that this model is more beneficial for certain patients and results in safe, cost-effective, low risk outpatient procedures.”

Those benefits, according to Dr. Miranda, come from the routine and repetition of performing the same types of surgeries.

FOI has dedicated the appropriate resources to educate patients before their procedures to execute efficient and safe surgeries and to provide a strong and rapid recovery experience. This includes same-day physical therapy for every patient prior to being discharged.

“If your facility is solely focused on hip and knee, you improve the process and there’s less room for error,” Dr. Miranda says. The surgery center offers all the latest technological advances in joint replacement surgery, including minimally invasive procedures, regional nerve blocks and anesthesia with minimal use of narcotics, and the ERAS rapid recover protocol that allows patients to return home the same day. Future technologies will include robotic procedures.

About Michael Miranda, DO

Board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery and fellowship trained in adult reconstruction and arthritis surgery of the hip and knee, Dr. Miranda specializes in the direct anterior hip approach and minimally invasive surgery of the hip and knee, as well as outpatient total joint arthroplasty. He also specializes in complex revision total hip and knee arthroplasty as well as MAKO robotic hip and uni-compartmental knee replacements.

As an expert in the field of orthopedics, Dr. Miranda has delivered many presentations nationally and has received numerous awards and accolades. He serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at the Univer - sity of South Florida College of Medicine and as a clinical instructor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Miranda is a member of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, the American Osteopathic Association, and Florida Orthopaedic Society

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